Bethel Woods to commemorate Woodstock’s golden anniversary

Yearlong celebration starts this month, includes special exhibitions, lectures, and panel discussions

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  • Visitors to the museum enjoy a Woodstock documentary while lounging on bean bag chairs (Photo: Bethel Woods)

  • The scene in Bethel, N.Y., in 1969 (Photo: Bethel Woods)

  • The Woodstock site today, now Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Photo: Bethel Woods)

— Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the nonprofit cultural center located at the National Register Historic Site of the Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y., will celebrate the golden anniversary of the greatest festival of all time with exhibits, events, and programs throughout 2019.

The center, which features a museum dedicated to the sixties and Woodstock, performance spaces, and creative learning opportunities for all ages set on a bucolic Catskills campus, still draws people from near and far to its sacred grounds for shared experiences and a sense of community rooted in personal expression, kindness, and civility.

“Fifty years ago people gathered peacefully for a music event, but left as a community inspired to change the world through music," said Darlene Fedun, chief executive officer at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. "Our aim as stewards of the historic site is to honor that legacy and rekindle its spirit. We remain committed to preserving the physical site and its legacy, and educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community.”

The recreated Bindy Bazaar trails will open to the public in 2019. The network of trails through the wooded area west of the Woodstock festival field will include expanded interpretation of the historic site. The original trails were constructed for the festival to serve as the Bindy Bazaar, 20 booths where vendors sold crafts, clothing, and exotic goods, and to connect two major areas of the festival grounds.

On March 30, the museum will open for the season with the special exhibit "We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of The Woodstock Festival & Aspirations for a Peaceful Future." This exhibit examines the desires of the youth of 1969, places the legendary festival within the context of the positive societal changes it inspired and asks today's youth what they are asking of the world now.

Carlos Santana returnsRock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana will return to the historic site on Saturday, Aug. 17 — exactly 50 years after he made history at Woodstock. Tickets went on sale March 8.

The Pavilion Stage will present Ringo Starr and his All Star Band, along with Woodstock alumni Arlo Guthrie and The Edgar Winter Band. Tickets for Ringo Starr go on sale Friday, March 22.

For tickets and more information about Bethel Woods and its golden anniversary celebration, visit or call 866-781-2922.

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